Archive | March 2014

Back from March Break!

 

The kids were off of school and it was time to take a break from daily routine and life.  We booked some time away at a little Bavarian village called Frankenmuth, located in Michigan USA.  We’d never been there before, and we fell in love with it when we arrived.

I have to confess that the meals were not “healthy” or “diet” friendly.  It was one of those cases where you were surrounded by high fat calorie foods.  Salads were obscure on the menu.  Eating healthy was going to be tough.  My best bet was to watch my portion intake, and try to get some extra exercise in at the hotel fitness room.  I have to say my husband and sons on the other hand were delighted.  It was a meat lover’s paradise!!

I’m back home now and am up a few pounds.  I wasn’t surprised as the food was so vastly different from what I normally eat.  I tried to grab fruit and veggies when available and managed to do additional exercise in the fitness room. 

Overall, I am happy that I was dedicated to staying focused in the midst of great temptation, and am not sure how I could have done things differently on this trip.  If anyone has any nuggets of information on how they manage to stay on top of their healthy weight loss goals, while vacationing, I’d love to hear them.

Back home and happy to settle down to routine again.

Knocked down, but not defeated

I have been off my exercise routine and eating has been difficult.  

It started last weekend when I had a bout of the Stomach flu.  Recovering from that meant Ginger Ale and soda crackers.  Then I was able to add a little bit of chicken noodle soup.  I slowly incorporated more solid food.  However, it became comfort food, which meant all the wrong foods.

After a week of being down for the count and trying to maintain my busy schedule I realized that the week was a bit of a write off. 

Recognizing that this was not a great week I have come up with a few conclusions:

1)      It’s ok to have an off week when you’re sick.

2)      Falling out of routine with food intake and exercise is normal while in recovery mode.

3)      Take time to recuperate and build health and strength. Don’t beat yourself up.

4)      Slowly transition back into eating healthy meals and returning to exercise routine.

5)      Look over your journal to see how far you have come to prevent discouragement.  Don’t derail!

6)      Refocus on your commitment to eating healthy and losing weight.

7)      Jump back into routine asap. 

 

This week is a new week.   Time to pull myself together and return to where I left off.

Staying the course!  Staying motivated!